Flood of the Enemy and Standard of the Lord
This verse keeps coming to mind in these torn-days of our world.
Isaiah 59:19 NKJV
So shall they fear The name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.
Two things are happening. The glory of the Lord is rising, but unseen. At the same time the enemy is roaring in with a flood of evil, very visible.
The unrest of our nation gives us unrest in our soul.
The uncertainly of our times is a disturbance that gnaws at our faith.
The floods of evil in this ‘present evil age’ threaten our heart’s peace.
The lies of the world order under Satan have reached the heights of the diabolical and tempt even the children of God.
We will be swept away by the flood or we will rise into Christ’s ‘standard’—His principles and holiness. There are two fields of play now. Both are very clear and utterly divided!
These times are very personal. This is your life and time, our day of destiny. We are in the world though not ‘of the world.’ We live in this dangerous age by God’s predetermined plan. And it is a puzzle of how to live as conquerors and at the same time, make an impact against the onslaught of darkness that is rushing and flooding our world.
The Flood is No Match for His Standard
In times when I have known tribulation in this world, I puzzled over this verse. In His final instructions and warnings, Jesus said to His disciples:
John 16:33 AMPC
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]
In troubling times, I have longed to live this triumph. And I have prayed and brooded over this astonishing promise, searching for the secret to such inner and outer victory.
The Amplified Classic adds this amazing sentence:
For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
The truths of the Spirit in this wonderful Bible are always simple. Not always easy, but ever simple for us small children/sheep. The secret is right there in the passage, as it always is. God’s jewels are always meant to be discovered. They are on top, not buried. The victory lies within a small phrase, a tiny word. It was there all along for my eyes to see. The word of crisis and solution is just this: In.
The question is ‘what are you IN?’ Are you IN the world, loving its love, lusting for its lusts? Are you entangled IN something that is worldly: things, pleasures, ambitions? The world is always enticing and calling.
But the answer to all “the tribulation, distress and suffering IN the world” is in that simple, poignant ‘IN.’
“IN ME you will find perfect peace.”
IN Christ. Always the answer and the only One. He must always BE my very life and Source. He will be IN me, all He wants of me and all I need of Him!
Escape the Flood IN Christ
The Greek word ‘IN’ means: “a marker of close personal association; in, one with, in union with, joined closely to” (from word study: Louw Nida 89.119).
The same word is used in John 15:4, “remain in me and I will remain in you.”
Christ is peace and courage and we must discover how to exist IN Him and in union with Him. His very life and faith belongs to us, to be and live out His standard IN us.
For me to live is Christ [His life in me]…
Philippians 1:21 AMPC
Simple and possible. Available and waiting…for us to NEED His life instead of our old man, whose connection to the world is always sin.
We will either be swept away under the rising tsunami of evil or standing in the Lord with HIS high banner of absolute victory, the standard.
We will know defeat and darkness or we will know the might and breath of the Spirit, rising higher than any evil. We will see disaster or miracles. It depends on what we choose to be IN.
It’s easy to see the rushing flood of evil and treachery. Our eyes of faith must look for the coming Revival, the great outpouring of the Spirit for these Last Days.
But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
Luke 21:28 NKJV
A Peculiar Joy in Looking Up
Something is changing for me. Though I live a normal earthly life, I am finding myself constantly turning to look up at our tallest trees, the ridgeline of our autumn gold mountains, and then I look up to the clouds and sky. And I gaze with a peculiar joy – all that is high above and in the heavens.
Perhaps it is Christ in me, lifting up my head to watch for Him, looking up at all that is high above. It is neither my choice nor my habit to ‘lift up my head.’ It is simply happening to me and in me.
What He asks of us, He Himself performs…
v. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you.
v. 5 …he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit…
v. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you…
v. 9 …abide in My love.
We are one with Him, made so by His Cross and God’s resurrection. It remains to want, ask, and believe the wondrous intimacy of His indwelling. What He wants of us, He lives out Himself, from with IN us.
There is no question that…“our redemption is drawing near.”
Copyright © 2016 Martha Kilpatrick